Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)

Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)

(580) 920-2100, Ext. 83582

The Choctaw Nation WIC Program is a federally funded, special supplemental nutrition program designed to provide a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breast feeding promotion, and support and referrals for health care to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breast feeding women, infants, and children. WIC has been proven effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems within its population.

To qualify for this program, an individual must meet the following criteria: <br>

• Meet the income eligibility guidelines
• Be a pregnant, postpartum (up to 6 month), breast feeding woman; Infant (Birth to 12 months); or Child (1-5 years)
• Be at Nutritional Risk
 

The foods provided by the WIC program are high in iron, protein, calcium, vitamin A and Vitamin C. The program serves participants in the 10 ½ counties of the Choctaw Nation at 16 locations: Durant, Hugo, Antlers, Atoka, Idabel, Broken Bow, Bethel, Smithville, Poteau, Spiro, Stigler, Wilburton, Talihina, McAlester, Boswell, and Coalgate. Breast feeding counseling and contact is provided through our Breast feeding Peer Counsel Program. The mission of the Breast feeding Peer Counseling Program is to improve breast feeding initiation and duration rates; improve long-term health benefits to women, infants, and children; and to reduce the incidence of obesity in childhood and later life. The program provides specialized breast feeding education, encouragement, and support to pregnant and breast feeding women. Breast feeding Peer Counselors do on-site counseling and education, home visits, telephone/ texting consultations and contacts, and hospital visits. Breast feeding classes are offered through this program at any location in the 10 ½ counties of the Choctaw Nation. For more information about the Breast feeding Peer Counseling Program, please call (580) 916-9140, Ext. 83854 Facilities Continued Services Continued.

 

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